J.B. Rhine

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About the Book

A conference on the life and work of Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine was held at the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man on November 28, 1980. Family members, friends and scholars who knew J.B.R. spoke to the great diversity of his interests, the determination and genius with which he pursued his investigations, the warmth and incisiveness with which he encouraged others. The papers on that day were collected, expanded, revised and referenced and are presented in this book. Includes a career chronology and an exhaustive bibliography of Dr. Rhine’s published work, along with a listing of words about him.

About the Author(s)

Professor K. Ramakrishna Rao is a philosopher and psychologist with expertise in Indian psychology, consciousness studies and parapsychological research. He has published nearly 200 research papers and 15 books, and has served as the executive director of the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man; as founder, head and professor of the Department of Psychology and Parapsychology, and vice-chancellor, Andhra University; and currently as president of the Asian Congress of Philosophy.

Bibliographic Details

K. Ramakrishna Rao

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 278
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [1982]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6752-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      vii
Some Important Events in the Life of J B. Rhine

J.B. Rhine: Man and Scientist      1
Louisa E. Rhine
J.B. as Family Man      7
Sara R. Feather
Joseph Banks Rhine: Teacher and Friend      13
Elizabeth A. McMahan
Rhine’s Contributions to Experimental Methodology and Standards of Research      23
Gertrude R. Schmeidler
Review of J.B. Rhine’s ESP Research      37
John Palmer
J.B. Rhine and the Study of Psychokinesis      53
Diana Robinson
J.B. Rhine and Psi-Missing      63
H. Kanthamani
Extra-Sensory Perception and the Research Tradition of Parapsychology      76
S.H. Mauskopf and M.R. McVaugh
J. B. Rhine and Post-Mortem Survival: A Reappreaisal and Vindication      83
C.T.K. Chari
J.B. Rhine on the Nature of Psi      97
John Beloff
J.B. Rhine and the History of Ideas      111
Brian Inglis
J.B. Rhine and Philosophy      117
Frederick C. Dommeyer
The Work of J.B. Rhine: Implications for Religion      134
James A. Hall
J.B. Rhine’s Impact      144
Arthur Koestler
J.B. Rhine and American Psychology: The Three R’s of His Limited Impact So Far      148
Irvin L. Child
J.B. Rhine and European Parapsychology      158
Martin Johnson
J.B.Rhine and Pseudosience: Some Zetetic Reflections on Parapsychology      177
Marcello Truzzi
J.B. Rhine and His Critics      192
K. Ramakrishna Rao
The Place of J.B Rhine in the History of Parapsychology      213
Brian Mackenzie

Bibliography of Works by J.B. Rhine      233
Farilla A. David
Bibliography of Works about J.B. Rhine      256
Index      257

Book Reviews & Awards

“an integrated and revealing picture not only of the person, life, and work of J.B. Rhine but of the nature of parapsychology, its phenomena, methodology, findings, theories, and implications. Well suited for any reader with a serious interest in parapsychology or the history of science”—Library Journal; “a compendium of opinions…the obvious broad appeal and range of this book are among its merits”—Science Books & Films; “valuable”—Contemporary Psychology; “a valuable account”—Manas; “a fascinating and very readable account of the work and qualities of a very gifted and courageous pioneer of our times”—College of Psychic Studies; “absorbing”—Durham Morning Herald; “most interesting”—Manas; “a good, scholarly and thorough review”—Parapsychology Review.